Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 28, 2012


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1.   Civilians suffering from PTSD, too.  “Debbie” escaped the daily beatings, insults and threats of an abusive relationship more than 10 years ago, but when her 3-year-old son hits her sometimes, the emotions come flooding back.

2.   VA to try ‘phased’ approach to lung cancer CT screening.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it would embark on a “phased implementation” of CT lung cancer screening for veterans after taking inspiration from a national trial that found the scans could help save lives among certain high-risk …
3.   VA Funding Helped Lead To Development Of “Revolutionary” Prosthetic Ankle.  CNN’s The Next List  iWalk, a company that has created a “revolutionary device called the BiOM,” which is short for Bionic Motion. A company representative noted that a Veterans Affairs grant helped fund early research on how to develop the prosthetic ankle.
4.   Strong, Sustained Growth In Research Spending In Asian Nations Contrasts With US Cuts And Short-Term Approach – A “Brain Drain” Could Result.  Medical News Today  A “team of researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine” is warning that because of “almost certain cuts” to Federal research, the US “risks losing out to Asia as the hub of medical discovery. The result, they caution, could be a ‘brain drain’ of top young researchers, and the loss of untold discoveries and economic activity.” The authors of the study “are two physician researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and an American researcher who left the US for better job prospects in Singapore.”
5.   VA Transforms Health Care For Women Vets.  American Legion  “The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a Women Veterans Health Transformation Initiative that has already produced marked improvements in health-care quality for women veterans, according” to Dr. Sally Haskell, the director of women’s health services for VA. Haskell “spoke about the initiative during The American Legion’s Women Veterans Panel on Aug. 25 in Indianapolis.” Haskell said VA has a “goal to try to reach all women veterans to tell them about services that are available.” Haskell added, “We feel like we’ve made tremendous progress, and the progress has been unbelievably rapid in the last three or four years.”

6.   Doctor Launches Female Only ER At Manhattan VA.  New York Daily News  “Dr. Nancy Lutwak is a woman on a mission. Alarmed by the number of female veterans who have been sexually assaulted during tours of duty in the military, she has launched a female-only emergency room at the Manhattan VA Hospital to treat their posttraumatic syndrome and help them heal.” According to the Daily News, this is the “first of 117 VA emergency rooms in the country to dedicate separate space and staff for women, who make up nearly 15% of the armed forces and are 20% of the new recruits.”
7.   Women’s Veterans Summit.  KTHV-TV  “More than a hundred women came out to the summit at Pulaski Technical College” on Saturday, “to find out what benefits are waiting on them.” KTHV-TV Little Rock, AR (8/26, 10:07 p.m. CT), which aired a similar report, noted that the event was put on by the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affair, a point also made by the KATV-TV Little Rock, AR (8/26) website.
8.   University Of Ky. To Study Military Suicides.  AP  “The University of Kentucky is conducting a study to find out how military suicides affect families and friends. Researcher Julie Cerel told the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader that the study’s goal is to help develop a comprehensive approach that will prevent military suicides.” The AP adds, “The Suicide Bereavement in Military and Their Families study will last two years and is funded with a $677,000 grant from the US Department of Defense’s Military Suicide Research Consortium.”
9.   VA To Use Sound Therapy Device For Tinnitus.  MedPage Today  “Ex-soldiers suffering from tinnitus related to their military service will have access to a nonsurgical, nonpharmacological treatment that uses low-level tones to relieve the often debilitating condition. The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a contract to SoundCure of San Jose, Calif., to provide its Serenade device to VA centers and clinics, the firm said.” According to MedPage today, the handheld device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
10.   Mobile Vet Center In Charleston Area To Help Veterans.  WCIV-TV  A Mobile Vet Center was “back in the Charleston area Wednesday to inform Veterans of benefits and jobs available to them. The Department of Veteran Affairs, SC Department of Employment and Workforce, and Ralph H. Johnson VAMC partnered to host the informational briefing,” which was held at “SC Works Trident Charleston on Hanahan Road in North Charleston from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ‘It’s very important to assist the veterans, to have a smooth transition off of active duty to civilian life,’ said adjustment counselor technician, Anthony Hodges.” Hodges added, “We, at the Vet Center, cover the whole state of South Carolina, reaching out to combat Veterans all over the State.”


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